Franck: Variations symphoniques for piano and orchestra; Prélude, Choral et Fugue in B minor; Prélude, Aria et Final in E

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COMPOSERS: Franck
LABELS: EMI
WORKS: Variations symphoniques for piano and orchestra; Prélude, Choral et Fugue in B minor; Prélude, Aria et Final in E
PERFORMER: Aldo Ciccolini (piano); Orchestre de Liège/Paul Strauss
CATALOGUE NO: CDM 7 64561 2 ADD (1970/75)
Ciccolini makes a good case for the piano version of a number of Franck organ works. His playing throughout is an appealing mix of the forceful and the expressive. He is even better in the Symphonic Variations, and the Orchestre de Liège accompaniment is bouncy and more than reliable. A worthwhile issue, despite the throaty and occasionally quavery piano sound. Jan Smaczny

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